Are schools up for a challenge?

The launch the Angus Schools Challenge Cup for World's Biggest Coffee Morning. Pictured with Macmillan's Muggy are Webster's High School pupils Caitlin O'Callaghan and Oriana Moschovakis (back, left and right), with James Stork and Ellie Henderson in front. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk).

The launch the Angus Schools Challenge Cup for World's Biggest Coffee Morning. Pictured with Macmillan's Muggy are Webster's High School pupils Caitlin O'Callaghan and Oriana Moschovakis (back, left and right), with James Stork and Ellie Henderson in front. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk).

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Macmillan’s “Muggy” made an appearance in Kirriemuir last week, to launch the Angus Schools Challenge Cup for World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

All primary and secondary schools in Angus are invited to compete to see who can raise the most cash for Macmillan in this, its 100th year, and for the celebration of World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’s 21st birthday.

Last year more than £8m was raised nationally with about £90,000 raised in Tayside; with this being such an important year, Macmillan are hoping to increase that figure significantly and recognise the very important role schools can play in achieving that.

The cash pays for a wide range of services for people living with cancer, including Macmillan nurses.

There will be two cups, one for secondary schools and one for primary schools, said Helen Pratt, Macmillan intern who is based in the charity’s East of Scotland fund raising office in Dundee.

“All schools in Angus are very generous and raise a lot of money for all sorts of different things. There are eight secondary schools in Angus and 53 primary schools and we’d like them all to raise as much money as they can for this important cause.”

Any school wishing to participate can contact Mrs Pratt at the fund-raising office on 01382 226150. Individuals are also, of course, welcome to register their own coffee mornings.

Over the years, Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has included many different types of event, from a traditional coffee morning to pub quizzes to record attempts, including the highest coffee morning on a jet fighter, the most distant, in Antarctica and the world’s deepest, down Poldark Mine in Cornwall.

Whatever people chose to do, the idea is they should get together with friends, family and colleagues on Friday, September 30 and raise money for people affected by cancer.